Friday, September 23, 2016

Coloring outside the lines with Power Poppy's Coneflowers

Hello creative friends!!  Friday has rolled around again, and I have yet another Power Poppy card to share with you that I made using two digital images:  Easy Breezy Coneflowers, and Dancing with Daffodils.
Marcella is challenging us with a unique and super fun Power and Sparklette challenge this week.  We are to "Color Outside the Lines", and I must admit, I had to step out of my comfort zone for this one.  

I love the textured look of using Copics with a Blending Solution soaked material, but have not had success with it in the past.  So this time I was determined.  And to my delight I was happy with the results on my very first try.  Especially since it took me quite awhile to color the background.  

I started by printing out my image and diecutting it using Spellbinders' Labels 25 die.  I left the image in the die while coloring so I would have a nice clean border.  Well, my border didn't stay super clean, but the distressing I did, using a piece of burlap and Copic Blending Solution made it acceptable I think.  After using the Blending Solution, I used RV10 to color in some of the white spaces.

Below is what it looked like before coloring the Coneflowers.  I LOVE charcoal sketches, (and have a few in my collection) so I was really drawn to this look.  However, last week I created a card with white "Black Eyed Susans", so I thought I would be cheating if I did that again.  *grin*

I still like this look though...*wink*

That's it for me today.  I hope I've encouraged y'all to get creative, and step out of your box and color outside the lines.  The winner will receive every set in the Power Poppy 2016 Holiday Clear Stamp Collection when they debut in October.  Now that's an INCREDIBLE prize...let me tell you!!! 
Share with us your interpretation of Coloring Outside the Lines on the Power Poppy blog,
or, if you use Instagram, please share your coloring creations using the hashtag #powerandsparklette — and we will come find you!!

Now, if you haven't already, Check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs!!  These gals have some inspiring creations to share with you!!

Copics: Background ~ T9, T7, T5, T3, T1 (Copic Blending Solution and Burlap) Flowers ~ RV34, RV32, RV21, RV10, YR27, YR24, Y08 Leaves ~ G46, G43, G40, YG95, YG01

Thanks for visiting!!
  Happy Stamping!!

StampsEasy Breezy Coneflowers and Dancing with Daffodils (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Vellum (PTI),  Grays (Bazzill)
Ink:  Printer, Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress) 
Dies:  Labels 25 and Majestic Labels 25 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Copic Blending Solution, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty) 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Black-Eyed Susan ~ Power Poppy
Hello creative friends!!  I'm finally back to share another Power Poppy card with you!  It's featuring a new digital image called Black-Eyed Susan.  I took creative liberty and made mine white with a mottled gray background.  I started coloring it with yellows, oranges and deep reds and just wasn't feeling it.  So white they are.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the stamen tips too.  Unfortunately, as always, it doesn't photograph well.  I wanted this card to be for my daughter's birthday, so instead of using the sentiments that come with this set (they are fabulous by-the-way), I added a "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Power Poppy Go Wild clear set.

For my card base, I embossed a panel and added some Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to give it a gilded effect.  It has just the right amount of shine in real life.

I colored some black stamens with a Silver Leafing Pen (Krylon), so they would match the flower stamens in the image a bit better, and added it to a seam binding bow.

CopicsFlower ~ BV31, N5, N3, N1  Leaves ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, YG11, Background ~ N7, N3, N3, N1, N0

That's it for me.

For some more inspiration check out the following Bloom Brigaders participating.  You can also head on over to the Power Poppy blog.

I can't leave without mentioning an exciting event taking place over on the Power Poppy Blog....  Check this out!!!  Hey Power Poppy Fans, have we got FABULOUS weekend deal for you! A selection of our favorite digital designs are available a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! For 48 hours only Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susans, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save $2 per set) OR, get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). What’s even better? Play along in our weekend Coloring Contest using one of these five stamp sets and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Contest closes Monday, September 19th at midnight. A winner will be announced sometime on Wednesday, September 21th.  Check it all out at To enter the coloring contest simply leave a link with your creation in a comment on the Power Poppy Contest post. We can’t wait to see what your crafty hands create!

Thanks for dropping by!!
   Happy Stamping!!

StampsBlack-Eyed Susan, Go Wild (Power Poppy),
Paper:  X-Press It, Vintage Romance (Maja Design)
Dies:  Double Stitched Squares (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder, Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Seam Binding Ribbon, Crocheted Flower and Stamens (Wild Orchid Crafts), Silver leafing Pen (Krylon), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clear Wink of Stella 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Well Hello Dahlia digital ~ Power Poppy

Hi everyone!!  I have a Power Poppy project to share with you today, and it's not even Friday!!  Go figure!!  Well, it is the 5th of Sept. and Power Poppy releases digital images "on the 5's", so today, I decided to join along with some of the Instant Gardeners!!  Marcy has remixed this darling Dahlia image and the new digital set is called "Well Hello Dahlia!"  Isn't that just adorable?!?!?!  It's made up of 3 images and 2 sentiments, and they are just charming and super fun to color!  I decided to make mine into a gift set and colored up two images: one for the card, and one for the gift-box tag.  You know I like me some vintage, so I based these beautiful images with Tales of You and Me Prima paper, along with two elegant dies:  Victorian Bow and Tapestry (Spellbinders).  This silk ribbon is from the Stamp Simply Ribbon store.  It drapes so beautifully.

The box was made with a fun diecut by Tonic called Diamond Favour Squeeze Box.  It has 17 dies, is adorable and has a variety of options to diecut or emboss.  I used the single vase from the Well Hello Dahlia set, along with a Birthday sentiment from the Clear set called Party Time for my tag.

I also added some sparkle to the card and gift tag using a Quickie Glue Pen along with some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (Stampin' Up!)

Here's a close up of that a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e single vase.  Isn't it sweet?

Copics: Flowers ~ R29, R22, R20, R01, W0, E53, E51, E50 Leaves ~ BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90 Vases ~ BG78, BG75, BG72, W0, BV25, BV23, BV20, W0 Background ~ E31, E30, E00, W3, W1, W0, W00
Well that's it from me as for my project.  But I have some Power Poppy fun to share real quick.
Marcy decided to mix things up a bit this month and is hosting a variety of mini-challenges this month instead of our regular Power and Spark Challenge.  You will still have opportunities to win, and you will be encouraged to get creative in a variety of super fun ways.  Head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details, and for the links of the other Power Poppy Design Team members who are sharing projects today, head on over HERE.

Thank you so much for dropping by!!

  Happy Stamping!!

StampsWell Hello Dahlia, Party Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Tales of You and Me (Prima), X-Press It, Kraft and White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer, Black Onyx (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies: Victorian Bow and Tapestry (Spellbinders), Diamond Faour Squeeze Box (Tonic)
Accessories:  Copics, Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Quickie Glue Pen, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Gold Button 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Minc'ed Wheat ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!!!  It's Friday!  Already!!  And I am soooooooo glad!!  I'm ready for a weekend, how about you?!?!?  But first, before I start my weekend, I have a Power Poppy card to share with you, that I made using one of the new Power Poppy Clear sets called Prairie Cheer.   I've been Minc'ing again too, and oh is it so much fun.

I LOVE wheat!!  Seriously...the texture, the color, and the fact that it screams Fall (even though we plant ours in the winter and harvest it in the Spring here in central CA).  I thought it would be fun to Minc this gorgeous Wheat image that Marcy has designed, and I LOVE how it turned out.  What a perfect image for a "guy" card, and Minc'ing it gives it that little extra sumpin' sumpin'.

For instructions on how I Minc a stamped image, visit my blog HERE.  I also included a link (in that post) to Becca's blog since that's where I first saw how the Minc machine was used.

In this second photo, you can see what the image looks like straight on without the light catching it "just right".

I also kept the sketch really simple, since it I was going for a clean masculine look, and just added a burlap trip and button.  So easy, but with a splash of pizzazz!!
There's still time to participate in this month's Power and Spark Challenge too. could win some free Power Poppy images.  How awesome would that be!!!

That about sums up my project for today.  But, in case you haven't already, you really need to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share.  Seriously!!  These gals ROCK!!!

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!!  Have a fabulous weekend!!         and....
  Happy Stamping!

StampsPrairie Cheer (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White and Kraft (PTI), Legacy (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Toner and Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Minc Machine, Burlap Trim (Prima), Button (PTI) 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Pumpkins ~ Power Poppy August Release

Woo-Hoo!!  It's finally release day over at Power Poppy!  I hope you get a chance to head on over to the store and put in an order for these fabulous new sets!  I have some exciting news for you shoppers too...

Power Poppy is offering the following thru Monday:
FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 or more

Select discounts on clear stamps throughout the shop!
Download frenzy: All Digital Stamps 25% off

Now, for today's card.  I used the new Power Poppy Set called Feeling Fall.  Today I created a card using the pumpkins with the cat.  Isn't that image just super adorable!?!?!?  I am in serious LOVE!!  I had a hard time getting a clear picture of the image instead of focusing on that humongous bow....  *sigh*,  if you click on the pictures, you can see the details better.

I was going for a kind of vintage feel, and somehow added in some sage green.  I know...not your typical Halloween color, but I actually like the colors.  The image is colored with Copics, and I used my Quickie Glue Pen and some glitter for some extra Halloween fun. 

Below is a close up for a better look at the details.

Copics: Top Pumpkin ~ BG93, BG90, T5, T3, T1 Middle Pumpkin ~ T7, T5, T4, T1 Bottom Pumpkin ~ W6, W4, W3, W1, W0, W00 Cat ~ T5, T3, T1, R20 

Now, if you haven't already, check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share today:
 I hope you've enjoyed the Power Poppy previews this week and have been inspired to get stampin'...

Have a GREAT weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsFeeling Fall (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Regions Beyond (Tim Holtz Ideology), Smokey Gray (PTI), Retro Gold Glossy Lustre (Paper Temptress)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine), Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Black Soot (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Floral Assortment (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Oval (Die-Namics MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Sand Opaque Micro Fine Glitter (Glitter Ritz), Clear Rock Candy dry glitter (Ranger Distress), Seam Binding, Button 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Feeling Fall ~ Power Poppy /feeling-fall/
Hello, hello, hello!!!  Power Poppy is previewing another set from the new collection Nature and Nurture today, and it is one of my all time favorites called Feeling Fall.   Seriously!!  I used the Welly image for today, and will be sharing the pumpkins tomorrow because I couldn't choose which image to feature.  They're both so unique and A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!  I colored the image with Copics, and added Glossy Accents to the Welly boot because it has to be shiny and wet looking.  I also added some glitter to my leaves because I have been suffering from "glitter withdrawl".  I've included a close-up below so you can see the shine and glitter a bit better.

Once again, that's it for me today.  But boy-oh-boy do the other Bloomies have some inspirational projects they are sharing today.  They never cease to amaze me with their creativity and coloring!!  So check out their blogs:
Thank you so much for dropping by again!!  I am honored by your kind supportive comments!  Tomorrow is release day, and one more day of previews, so come on by again!!

Happy Stamping!!


StampsFeeling Fall (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Legacy (Simple Stories), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Dies:  A2 Filigree Delight and Standard Ovals (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Oval (Die-Namics MFT), Stitched Sentiment Trio (Jillian)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents), Quickie Glue Pen, Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In Praise of Sunflowers ~ Power Poppy /in-praise-of-sunflowers/
Hello again friends!!  I'm back again with another Power Poppy card to share today featuring the clear stamp set In Praise of Sunflowers.  Isn't that a great name for a set?  I ADORE sunflowers.  They are one of my absolute favorite flowers, and this set has two fabulous sunflower images that were originally released as digital.  Now, you can get both images along with some unique building sentiments.

I stamped the sunflower four times, colored them, and cut them out in layers for a 3-D effect.  I also burnished the backs of the center and leaves for some additional texture.  I colored this baby awhile back, and forgot to record the Copics I used, so I'm sorry that I can't provide the list.  But here's a close up angled view so you can see the dimension a bit better.

Now, for some more fabulous inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigader Blogs:
That's it for today.  Stop by tomorrow for a preview of another fabulous Power Poppy set!
  Happy Stamping!

Stamps In Praise of Sunflowers (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Vintage Summer Basics (Maja Designs), Kraft (PTI)
Dies:  Stitched Circle (The Ton Couture Cuts), A2 Curved Borders One (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Scalloped Border Punch (EK Success), Sequins, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Prairie Cheer ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  Power Poppy will be releasing 3 new Clear Stamp sets on Friday the 19th, called Nature and Nurture, and you definitely will want to take a gander at these new images.  Marcy has done it again, and today we're previewing the set called Prairie Cheer.  It has three beautiful images along with 4 uplifting sentiments along with their  floral names.  I used the Coneflower along with it's coordinating name for my card today. products/prairie-cheer

I've been stepping out of my box lately and trying new things.  Some successful, and some, not-so-much.  But at least I'm trying, right?   Today, I started by coloring with my new Zig Clean Color Markers.  (enabled by dear Dina Kowel)  I stamped the image onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Versafine and heat set it.  I then proceeded to color the image with the Zig markers.  No water pen needed or used.  The colors blend beautifully on their own.  It was quick and easy.  I then cut out the image and adhered it to a tag diecut piece of cardstock.  To add the sentiment, I used my Mini-Misti to get the sentiment placed exactly where I wanted it.  I curved it a little to fit with the stem.

For my other "out-of-the-box" attempt, I used bright colors.  This is very hard for me.  And, I used a lot of patterns...also very hard.    I don't know how I feel about the card itself, but I do know I LOVE this Power Poppy Coneflower as well as the lovely sentiments in this set.  I am looking forward to coloring up the wheat next!!  :)

Zig Markers:  029 Geranium Red, 050 Yellow, 028 Pale Pink, 048 Emerald Green, 045 Pale Green, 053 Yellow Green, 063 Ochre

That's it for me today.  Stop by for another preview Power Poppy's newest sets due to be released on the 19th

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:
Thank you so much for dropping by!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsPrairie Cheer (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Tim Holtz Disress Watercolor Cardstock, Fall Blessing (Carta Bella), Fall is in the Air (Echo Park), Smokey Gray (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Build a Tag One (Spellbinders), Stitched Basic Edges (Die-Namics MFT), Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite Dies)
Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Markers, Mini-Misti, Enamel Dots (MME), Gold Cord 

Friday, August 12, 2016

One Fly Guy ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!  Happy Friday!  I am excited to share my card with you today because I tried something totally new to me... I made some clouds with Copics.  Before I share why I'm so excited about that, let me tell you about the set I used and why.

Today I used one of Power Poppy's newer digital sets called Fly Guy.  I don't know any fly fishermen, but my husband and kids love to deep sea fish.  So, I made this card for my husband for that reason and one other.  

I know the sentiment is supposed to apply to "fly-fishing"...but that doesn't apply here.  So, I thought it could apply to the fly infestation that takes over our dairy farm in the summer months.  Am I reaching?  Probably!!  But believe me...if you lived here during the summer, you would so get it.  We are constantly swatting flies in the the house all summer long, and even into the Fall months some years!  Thankfully though,  not as much as when the kids were younger and they were running in and out of the house without closing the doors fast enough.  That is definitely a skilled practiced and learned quickly on a dairy farm.  "City Slickers" (Please don't take offense with that term.  I use it lightly and with affection, because believe husband deemed me one when he met me, and even after being married for over 27 years, and all of them on the farm, he still says I haven't earned the "farmer" moniker because I was born and raised in town...*sigh*) are always warned when visiting, to NEVER EVER leave a door open.  Open and close IMMEDIATELY!!   So this card is meant for more of a joke.  Although the image is anything but a joke.  

I LOVE how Marcella drew this with the rocks and awesome cattails (I adore cattails) in the background!!  I decided I wanted to add some clouds to the sky though, but had no idea how to go about it using Copics.  So, I scoured Pinterest.  I used the Kit and Clowder Tutorial found HERE as a guide.  I didn't want cute fluffy clouds for this masculine image, so I made mine more wispy, and was really happy with the look for my first time.  I need practice for sure, but it's a start, and we all improve the more times we do it, right?!?!

Anyway, that sums up my card and the story behind it today.  I hope I've inspired you to get coloring and maybe even try something new.

For some more Power Poppy inspiration today, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsFisherman ~ B39, B37, B34, YG99, YG7, YG95, YG93, E44, E43, E41 Rocks ~ T7, T5, T3, T1, YR31, YG91 Fish ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, R00, YG00, C1, C0 Water ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, YG91 Sky ~ B00, B000, B0000 Clouds ~ C2, C1, C0, C000

Also, I want to remind you that there's a fun new Power and Spark Challenge going on over at the Power Poppy Blog.  We'd love to have you join us.  I didn't participate this week because, image took up the whole card so I couldn't CASE a

Thank you so much for dropping by!!
Have a super fabulous weekend!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsFly Guy (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Gray and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics 
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